The departed: No deja vu for Hawks this time

Blackhawks-Philadelphia rematch not exactly like 2010 title game

January 05, 2012|RedEye

The Blackhawks were back in Philadelphia on Thursday night, returning to the Wells Fargo Center ice for the first time since you-know-what happened two years ago.

But fans can be forgiven if there wasn't much of a sense of déjà vu. Sure, Stanley Cup Finals hero Patrick Kane is still around, as are Blackhawks stalwarts Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, but that's about it. The Flyers have a much different look this time around too. And, of course, the Blackhawks walked away with the Cup that night two years ago. Thursday, they went home empty-handed after a 5-4 loss.

Where'd some of the key players from that championship series go? We've found them.


Michael Leighton

THEN: The Philadelphia Flyers goalie who let in Kane's legendary shot.

NOW: Playing for the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL.

Chris Pronger

THEN: The famous puck-stealer and gargantuan Philly defenseman.

NOW: Oh, he's still playing in Philly, but he had knee surgery Nov. 29 and hasn't been on the ice since.

Daniel Carcillo

THEN: Making trouble as a Flyer.

NOW: Making trouble as a Blackhawk. He's injured now. Oh, and suspended too.

Dustin Byfuglien

THEN: Big Buff was a playoff hero for the Blackhawks, particularly when he has camping out in front of the opposing goalie.

NOW: He's traded in his Indian head sweater for a Winnipeg Jets sweater.

Andrew Ladd

THEN: The man with the mammoth playoff beard did the dirty, under-the-radar work for the Blackhawks.

NOW: He does the same for Winnipeg. Very under-the-radar nowadays.

The puck

THEN: Last seen flying through Leighton's five-hole and being picked up by an official on the ice.

NOW: Who knows? "From what I heard the linesman took it and after that no one really knows what happened," Kane said. "It would be nice if it showed up not just for me but for the Hawks organization because it's a piece of history."

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